Analysys Mason’s latest study for the European Commission (EC) investigates policy measures that could help reduce the cost of deploying high-speed broadband, therefore supporting the “Digital Agenda for Europe” targets. The study considers five potential measures that could be taken to reduce costs and administrative burdens, including a centralized atlas of passive infrastructure, mandated access to passive infrastructure, a one-stop-shop for rights of way and administrative procedures, a database in which all planned civil works must be published and an obligation to equip all new buildings with high-speed (100 Mbit/s) Internet access as well as mandated open access to the terminating segment. Initial finding point to the fact that while all of these individual measures most likely would have positive results on coverage, some – such as the obligation to equip new buildings with high-speed infrastructure – could be relatively simple for each Member EC State to introduce. Others – such as a centralized atlas of passive infrastructure – could be expensive and difficult to implement.  However, many of these measures are interlinked, and could be implemented together to reduce total costs. Click here to read the entire report.

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